HOLZMINDEN, GERMANY — Symrise added a range of aronia health actives to its Diana Food portfolio of health actives, part of its Taste, Nutrition and Health segment.

Also known as black chokeberry, aronia contains a high concentration of antioxidants including polyphenols, particularly anthocyanins. The antioxidants have been shown to support heart health, metabolic health and immune system health, according to Symrise.

The company’s aronia extract features a high total polyphonic content, high proanthocyanins content and a specific proanthocyanins-to-anthocyanins ratio. It is available in a carrier-free, free-flowing powder format with a minimum of 50% total polyphenols and 10% anthocyanins. It also is available in a spray-dried, soluble juice powder format with a minimum of 2% total polyphenols and 0.2% anthocyanins.

The free-flowing powder may be used in capsules, tablets, powder sticks, nutritional shots and supplement gummies. The spray-dried juice powder may be used in powder drinks, healthy beverages, snacks and other food applications.

“This small purple berry comes with a long history as it was traditionally used by Native Americans,” said Nathalie Richer, global health business leader at Symrise Food and Beverage. “Today, we see aronia as a potent natural ingredient with almost limitless application opportunities.”